Struggling With Solitude

I got my first job when I was 13. It was a paper round and it didn’t last very long but I soon got another job working in a cafe thanks to my Great Aunt. There haven’t been many times where I haven’t had a job between 13 and 33 and a lot of the times I have worked in customer service in some way. Jobs like that mean being around people all of the time and there’s generally always someone to talk to. I loved chatting to customers and I had some real favourites at my old job. I

Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Periods?

I think it was a couple of weeks ago now that I saw a news story pop up on Facebook about a high school aged girl from somewhere in the UK. I really can’t remember where she was from now, or how old she was exactly, but there was something in that story that stuck with me. The girl in the news story had gotten to a point where she was scared, worried and embarrassed about going to school while she was on her period. I get it. I’ve been there. That was nearly 20 years ago now though. It

5 Ways To Boost Your Self-Confidence

This year I am working on putting myself out there more when it comes to blogging and on the social media channels. I think one of the reasons I haven’t done this much to date is all to do with self-confidence. Actually, it’s a lack of self-confidence that has stopped me in the past. Obviously, you don’t just wake up one day and decide ‘oh, I’m totally fine with myself now’ and have a massive change. There are steps you can take and things you can do to boost your self-confidence. Fake it ’till you make it Everyone has to

Introducing… Me!

You might not know it but I have actually been blogging for 10 years this coming summer. Way back when I started I had moved back home from Canada the previous year and I was getting ready to go to university as a mature student to read English. At the time, I was reading quite a lot and writing reviews on some websites which I got paid tiny amounts for. A member of one of those sites gave me some great advice and that was to also create a blog as somewhere to cross post the reviews. I got on

Swimming Pool Changing Room Etiquette

Swimming on a Sunday is normally John and Erin’s thing. John often works 6 days a week with Sunday being his only day off and I like to make sure that he and Erin get some real quality time together on their own. Most Sundays they go off swimming in the morning as our local pool lowers part of it so toddlers can stand up in the water and have a play. However, John worked a very rare Sunday last weekend so I took Erin swimming instead. So, before the pool has an ‘open to everyone’ session there is a

Making Time To Relax Together As A Couple

When you become a family it’s easy to let time get away from you. Being so busy all of the time means that it’s hard to switch off sometimes. Both John and I are guilty of not taking enough time for ourselves and we certainly don’t take enough time as a couple. Now that summer has finally arrived we are trying to make the most of being at home together as we’re not able to go out on an evening when Erin is in bed. The evenings are much lighter during the summer and it would be silly not to

Much Needed Pamper Time

It’s very rare that I take some time out for myself. During the week Erin is home from Saturday-Tuesday and then the other three days a week she is at nursery. The rest of the time I am either doing things around the house or working. Being self-employed means not having regular working ours and sometimes, having to work every day for long hours. I get so tired sometimes that my eyes hurt so much and I find it hard to keep them open and to concentrate on anything! Recently I was sent a Thera-Pearl Eye Mask from Feel Good Contacts so I

The Email Of Doom

Up until recently I would have Erin at home with me all day for 7 days a week while John works full time. I did go back to work for a bit when Erin was 9 months old and got an evening job in a supermarket but it really wasn’t for me so I quit after about 10 or 11 months to be self-employed and stay at home. Some days with Erin are absolutely wonderful and I love every minute of being at home with her. Some days with Erin are so incredibly stressful and hard, especially on days where